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Cuba and its export economy languish at the bottom of the list of world nations but that hasn’t prevented it from becoming the “debutante of the ball.”
When Lincoln Hough visited the Chamber June 10 to speak to the Governmental Relations Committee, he offered a look back at six eventful years as representative of the state’s 135th district, covering the eastern portion of Springfield.
The Chamber’s International Business Council brought in the U.S. Chamber’s executive director for international policy on May 17 to present his take on the current environment for international trade and some of his group's international trade and related priorities for 2016.
Take a look at how your Chamber is preparing for new DOL overtime rules and look back at the results of this year's Missouri legislative session and what remains on the agenda for 2017.
The 2016 Missouri legislative session ends May 13, and the Chamber has worked since January to advocate for the priorities of business.
Providing access to government leaders helps members engage on the issues that matter most. March was a good month for making connections as two key lawmakers visited the Chamber.
As the Missouri General Assembly reaches the midway point of the 2016 session, here is a look at what has been accomplished and what is still on the agenda.
Members of the Chamber’s Transportation Committee traveled to Jefferson City March 16 to meet with key decision makers and present a simple message: Infrastructure investment can be the difference when competing for jobs and business investment.
Two questions on the April 5 ballot will lead to better roadways and other improvements—if voters approve their renewal. Best part? No tax increase.
Learn more about the candidates for Springfield Public Schools Board of Education endorsed by the Chamber.
In its role as the voice of business, the Chamber and its public affairs team amplify the concerns of our members. So far in this new year, our volunteers and staff have met with lawmakers in Jefferson City, interviewed candidates for Springfield School Board, and started work to support two April ballot issues.
In April, Springfield voters will decide whether to continue two sales tax provisions aimed at better roadways, including street resurfacing, improved intersections and school sidewalks. Your Chamber board has voted to support these issues.
Every year, the Chamber and Missouri State University connect hundreds of international students with businesses in Springfield.
Chamber members are invited to nominate individuals for consideration for the 2016 Chamber board of directors. Once nominations close, this year’s Directors Nominating Committee will prepare a slate of nominees, which will be submitted to the Chamber board for consideration at the regular September meeting.
Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, August 21.
Members packed the Chamber to hear state Senator Mike Parson and Representative Kevin Austin share their take on what—at least from a Chamber perspective—was one of the strongest legislative sessions in many years.
A top Chamber priority passed in May and signed by the Governor this week may save your business from being charged thousands of dollars in back taxes.
Thanks to the $26 billion budget passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last month, Springfield will receive $10 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine class expansion and Springfield clinical campus as well as $1.3 million for occupational therapy and other related programs at Missouri State University.
During the 2015 legislative session, over 2000 bills were filed and in the end, only 133 bills passed. Due to a filibuster and a procedural move in the Senate, only two pieces of legislation passed out of that chamber during the last week - which has historically been the busiest. We did see quite a few successes on long-term Chamber priorities. Here is a snapshot on where some of those stood as the bell rang in Jefferson City on May 15.
One of the biggest wins so far this session will create a powerful tool to help bring high paying tech jobs to Missouri.
Lawmakers at both the State and Federal level are facing tight deadlines on key business priorities. Find out which solutions we're working to get across the finish line.
Read about progress on top chamber priorities at the state and federal level.
With only four weeks left in the legislative session, the Capitol is full of activity, including efforts to get legislation across the finish line and for the House and Senate to reach agreement on the proposed 2016 state budget. See how a few top Chamber priorities have faired.
Last week, the Chamber and the Missouri Association of Manufacturers hosted Consul General of Canada Dr. Roy Norton to discuss the U.S.-Canada trade relationship. In honor of his visit, we've put together a short list of reasons why you might want to consider doing business with Canada.
It's vital that our community has the right leadership in place to maintain a thriving economy. The Chamber has endorsed candidates for the Springfield Board of Education and for Springfield City Council that can lead our community into its next chapter. We encourage you to support them at the polls on April 7!
From Op-Eds to an annual gala, the Chamber's legislative advocacy team has been working almost non-stop to move the needle on top legislative priorities this January.
Three days, 10 panel discussions, 43 guest speakers, and 168 tweets later, 61 of Springfield’s business and community leaders learned the ins-and-outs of what makes Omaha, Nebraska a city of big ideas, big dollars and “no coasting.”
The Chamber along with the other eight organizations that make up the Springfield Metro Partnership hosted 45 newly-elected legislators this month in an effort to build on the strong relationship between the Springfield community and state lawmakers.
More than 50 young professionals turned out bright and early last week to hear what major issues Springfield’s state representatives are looking to tackle in the 2015 legislative session. In the joint meeting of the Chamber’s Network for Young Professionals and the Governmental Relations Committee, legislators fielded questions on a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurship to generational engagement in the political process.
Just days after announcing her retirement from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner Dr. Chris Nicatro provided Chamber members with what could very well be her last update on the state of education in Missouri.